Starting over: The return to a healthier life

I had set some health goals up for this year which you can read about here. Thus far, it’s been pretty hard to keep up with them because I’ve learned old habits die hard when it’s winter. I am excited to say that I am FINALLY getting back on the wagon by running and eating healthy. If you want to know how, just keep reading J

Marathon training

As stated in my last Health and Wellness post, due to my wonky ankles and the lack of training during the winter months, I will not be running the Rock n’ Roll Marathon next week (sad face). I feel bad because a friend of mine signed up for the half for moral support. I may see how fit I can get and what I can actually run (this is for you Molly!).

Last week I finally found the inspiration to start running again, and have bought the right kind of brace for my ankle (yay no more pain). I did a 5 mile hike on Thursday, and did my first 4 mile run in over a month on Friday. It’s not easy, but I ran twice this week, and am slowly but surely getting back to it. The awesome thing is that DC weather has been cooperating and it’s been absolutely GORGEOUS. Since I’m not running the full marathon, I’m putting all my efforts on getting ready for the trail Ragnar in Richmond in April (I even bought new trail and road shoes)!

Healthy eating

I still don’t like to cook, and it’s been and up and down adventure. My mom and I have decided to try and do a No Processed Sugar March (this includes bread… ugh). Today is March 1st and all I want is a sandwich filled with a cupcake and three cookies and topped with salted caramel gelato (never had this combination before, but I just want sugar). I know I can do this… I know I can do this! We have prepared overnight oats for breakfast, eating a lot of fruits and putting greens in my smoothies, and I’m going to attempt to cook something (I need to meal prep… I really do). I’ll let you know how I feel, but for now it’s pretty optimistic!

Essential oils

Now this has been going GREAT. I’ve incorporated essential oils in most of my beauty routine. I use Vetiver in my black castor oil to help bring back my edges, and it’s working. I also use Frankincense and Lavender in a lot of my homemade face products, and my acne scars are fading. This is huge! My acne scars are my biggest insecurity and I’m finally seeing them fade.

One of my favorite aspects of the oils is diffusing them in my room. I have a bedtime mix of Vetiver, Marjoram, and Lavender that knocks me all the way out. It usually takes me a bit of time to get comfortable and fall asleep, but this mixture knocks me out within a half hour. Another mix I love to use when I need a bit of a kick in the pants to get stuff done is Vetiver, Peppermint, and Lemon. When this mix is diffusing in my room, I feel like I can get anything done!

A mini testimony about essential oils comes from my mom. She has restless leg syndrome and has the hardest time falling asleep due to it. For the past couple nights she has been drinking one drop of Marjoram in a bottle of water and rubbing it on her legs before going to sleep. She told me she has not had any issues with restless leg, and she falls asleep immediately (this is AMAZING). So in case you’re wondering, the oils are making me a believer! I’m currently not a distributor, but if you have any questions or suggestions about essential oils, please let me know.

I see brighter days coming down the horizon (now that winter is coming to an end). Let me know how your health and wellness goals are going this year; it’s never too late to jump back on the wagon!

With love,

Tifa

AND… Nope!

In case you haven’t had the chance, there is still time to enter the GIVEAWAY from last week, the deadline to enter is February 20th.

In my first Health and Wellness post I said there are three categories I’m working on this year. I wanted to give you an update on where I am in my marathon training (or lack thereof), healthy eating, and using essential oils.

Marathon training

This year one of my goals was to train for the Rock n Roll Marathon in March. Due to ankle issues, I had decided to train for the half. Well, this has officially changed. Due to traveling, pure laziness and the fact that I hate winter training (aka the wind), I have decided not to run at all (funny thing is the weather has been quite nice in the DC area this week). I did feel really guilty about not running a race that I paid for, but after talking to a fellow running friend, I realized it’s okay to back down. This wasn’t an easy decision, because I don’t like giving up, but hey, sometimes it’s nope!

On another note, I’m still registered to run the trail Ragnar in April; so this means I still have to train for something (I have to slap on my lip balm and go out into the elements). I need words of encouragement, cause it is not happening.

Healthy eating

On the whole healthy eating adventure, let’s just say I traveled a lot in January (just recently returned from California). I did eat a couple salads while in California, which is more than usual when I’m traveling. Also my CSA application is now open for this coming up year, so there are vegetables in my future. More or less I will get on the ball one day, but that day is not today (I currently see pizza in my near future)! I am excited to report that I am taking my vitamins daily, and I see my nails growing like crazy (constantly cutting them).

If you have links to delicious, healthy, fast recipes, please share. I still can’t stand cooking, but I need to motivate myself somehow!

Essential oils

This is the one thing I am incorporating into my daily routine (besides flossing daily) and seeing results. The biggest difference is how my skin is doing; I’m not breaking out as much and I’m finally seeing my acne scars starting to fade away. I will include that I do get by-monthly facials from Faye which is also helping. I also have not been sick this year (except a bout of food poisoning) which is HUGE. I’m someone who gets sick every year and so far I am good. This is incredible because I am hanging around more kids (I love kids, but they are incubators of disease and germs), and have been guarded from EVERYTHING!!!! So yeah, I will continue to use them, and keep you in the loop on how it’s going.

If you have oils you love or diffuser combinations I should try, please let me know.

With love,

Tifa

#NewYearNewMe

I’ve seen the hashtag above trending quite a bit this year, and it had me thinking. I actually really like who I am, so I don’t want a new me, but maybe just an upgrade, like Tifa 2.0! As you may have read here, I am on a health and wellness journey. I am a few days into the New Year and so far and it is definitely a journey full of delays, cancellations, and layovers.

I will be honest, I finally ran on Monday for the first time in 2017 in Nashville. The main reason is it’s just too stinken cold and I hate the winter (and of course I’m lazy). Run on a treadmill you suggest? Well, that bores the living daylights out of me (but I think I’m going to have to do it eventually, I have a race around the corner). I did talk to one of my bestfriend’s step-dad a few days ago, and he gave me the motivation I need to get back at it after the snow melts (I’m in Nashville for a few days, and it snowed… so nope on the running). One thing I do need to take up is weight training which I will start when I get back to the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia).

For eating healthy, it’s a process. I’m currently on vacation, and Nashville has really tasty food; IT’S HARD! PLUS, you can’t say no to Chick-fil-a on a road trip… you just can’t! I think my approach will be working on gradually eliminating foods I know that are bad for me (ex. corn, wheat, refined sugar and cow dairy). So for the rest of January, I will try not to do dairy (I’m lactose intolerant, I shouldn’t be eating cheese… it doesn’t love me like I love it). I find that eliminating foods one at a time is easier than going cold turkey. With this being said, I need to cook more; I don’t like cooking, and if I do it’s for survival reasons only.

I am enjoying using the essential oils. I am currently incorporating them into my beauty routine and loving the results (I’m starting to see my acne scars fade). My other favorite is diffusing them in my room at night (mainly a blend of Frankincense, lavender, and Breathe by DoTerra). I’m still learning about them, so the jury is still out, and I’ll keep you posted!

I will say this, being healthy and listening to your body is not easy! If you are on a health journey, let me know how it is going (as I’m typing this, all I want is sugar)!

With love,

Tifa